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Insightful and certainly unusual in its theme it also well written with great characters.
The reader is transported into the world of jazz musicians, where the music is the thing, the only thing that matters.
Many dialogues went nowhere, felt «too much», like a need to fill space to make it a longer novel.
Jazz musician Sid Griffiths has lived a long life and seen plenty from his pre-WWII days in Berlin. For a black musician, that period was a dangerous time, but the opportunity to... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Debra Purdy Kong
Some of my biggest passions are Berlin, Germany during the war, jazz, and musicians in general. So you'd think this would be a fascinating read, right?
Wrong. Read more
If you like jazz, if you like history, if you like authentic voices this is worth reading. The images it conjures and the sense of time and place it evokes are more memorable than... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kenneth E Kunin
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan is Sid Griffiths' story. He's an African American from Baltimore who once was a sax player in the Hot Time Swingers, a band active with the jazz... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven R. Lindahl
This book tells the story of three black jazz musicians who find themselves in Berlin at the beginning of the Second World War. Read morePublished 3 months ago by FrenchVillageDiaries
A very unusual novel, that like a good jazz tune, screams out to be replayed soon. A very unusual take on WWII that avoids cliché or reworking of old work. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary_Bagnall
Half Blood Blues is not half bad. In fact it is fully excellent. This is an exploration and a revelation of an aspect of World War II and the demonic sins of Nazism that has not... Read morePublished 5 months ago by T-Bird
This is a great read. On so so many levels. Great insight and fascinating story. Well written. I Highly recommend.Published 7 months ago by Avid Reader